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tix on sale: Faith No More, Sufjan Stevens, Purity Ring, Rush, Primal Scream, Action Bronson, Toro Y Moi & more
Jan 30, 2015 8:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

(photo via @plattypants)

Tickets for the two Faith No More shows at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the two Sufjan Stevens shows at Beacon Theater and Kings Theatre go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Foo Fighters show with Royal Blood at Citi Field go on sale today at 10AM. The first show is sold out.

Tickets for the Rush shows at MSG go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Primal Scream shows at Warsaw and Irving Plaza go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cult of Luna show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets to the just-added fourth Scharpling & Wurster Live show at The Bell House go on sale today at 10 AM. The other three are sold out.

Tickets for the Primus Willy Wonka-themed show at The Paramount go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Peter Ulrich show at Webster Hall's Marlin Room go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Travi$ Scott/Young Thug show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the Cashmere Cat show at Webster Hall go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Cheap Trick/Peter Frampton show at Pier 97 go on sale today at 11AM.

Kid Ink and Dej Loaf are playing <...

Múm Slow Down Video
Jan 30, 2015 8:33am | StereoGum

Icy Swedish electronic band Múm have shared a video for “Slow Down,” a track off of their 2013 album Smilewound. The video is an experimental, impressionistic look at the opposing forces of “elemental man” and “elemental woman,” which is what directors F.D. Cristian and Elma Dögg Steingrímsdóttir call the two main characters that appear. “Essentially what we ended up with was a man and a woman each caught in a netherworld, each seeking warmth, surrounding an urban interior scene of people who are a little bored, distracted and maybe looking for some meaning in stories and music,” they explained to The Reykjavík Grapevine. Watch below.


Eddie Murphy to return to Saturday Night Live for first time in 30 years
Jan 30, 2015 8:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

Eddie Murphy made his mark on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s before going on to become one of the highest grossing actors in the history of cinema. Now, for the first time since he left the program over 30 years ago, Murphy will be returning to the SNL stage.

Murphy will appear during the show’s three-hour 40th anniversary special airing Sunday, February 15th. The comedian let the news slip during an interview with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now. Martin asked why Murphy had never appeared on the show since his departure, to which he replied, “Its just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it. He added, “Theyre actually having a 40th anniversary I think in two weeks. Im going to that, and thatll be the first time Ive been back since I left.

Watch the whole interview, during which Murphy also discusses his return to music, at Mediaite.

(Read: Saturday Night Live’s Top Musical Performances)

In a 2011 interview on Ellen, Murphy explained that he felt SNL treated him poorly after he left, but that he’d put it behind him. I would go back if it was the right stuff, situation, he said. It was years ago. I dont have any bad blood with that show. And that show is such a big part of my past. I love being part of it. Yeah, I wanna go back.

Below, revisit one of ...

Drake returns to headline Londons Wireless festival after last years no-show
Jan 30, 2015 8:30am | Fact Magazine

Drake is headlining this year’s Wireless festival.

Sound familiar? That’s because Drizzy was supposed to play last year’s weekender, but was forced to pull out at the last minute on doctor’s orders. Kanye West stepped in to fill his slot on the London leg of the festival, while Birmingham fans got a dose of Rudimental.

But all is forgiven because Drake is having another go at headlining the event he’s booked to play the Friday of the rebranded New Look Wireless, which takes place from July 3-5 at London’s Finsbury Park (no Birmingham leg this year).

Avicii and David Guetta will bring the EDM pyrotechnics to their headline slots on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while elsewhere on the line-up there’s hip-hop from Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bada$$, chart-dance from Gorgon City, Clean Bandit and Duke Dumont, and some old school teachings from Grandmaster Flash and Arrested Development.

Day tickets cost from £62.50 – £69.50 across the weekend and multi-day tickets will also be available. All passes will go on sale from 9am on February 3. [via Time Out]

Sufjan Stevens performed 'Round-Up' at BAM; tour tickets on sale today
Jan 30, 2015 8:30am | Brooklyn Vegan

The music is performed by Mr. Stevens, on keyboards and electronics, and Yarn/Wire, a contemporary chamber group of two pianists and two percussionists. Although one segment had a beat on drum and rattle, vaguely suggesting Native American music (the rodeo includes a Native American parade in traditional costumes) the score avoided Oregon's local color for what might be BAM's local color: minimalist contemplation. It was full of glimmering sounds -- bowed vibraphone, pretty piano chords -- with, now and then, something staticky or sprockety from Mr. Stevens's electronics. For each segment -- concentrating on one rodeo event, intercutting various competitors and performers -- Mr. Stevens chose a strategy and stuck to it: a certain texture, a certain beat, perhaps with chromatic meanderings, perhaps not. Calf roping got running, Bachian counterpoint, while a segment with a lone calf had Yarn/Wire singing a cappella harmonies. [NY Times]
Sufjan Stevens wrapped up the world premiere of his new piece, Round-Up, earlier this week, which ran from January 20-25 at BAM. The quote above is from NY Times' review of one of the performances. Did you catch one?

As you may know, Sufjan's next project is his upcoming album, Carrie & Lowell, which is due out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. He's calling it a return to his folk roots, which is what made us fall in love with him in the first place. Tickets for hi...

Marilyn Manson is back (?), cancels Long Island, but played rescheduled Terminal 5 show (pics)
Jan 30, 2015 8:20am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Chris La Putt

"I'd just like to reiterate here: it's 2015, I'm seeing Marilyn Manson tonight, life is wonderful" - Nick DeSimone

"It's 2015 and I'm listening to a new Marilyn Manson album and not hating it and WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING?" - Steven W Beattie

"It's 2015. I'm 32. And I'm thoroughly enjoying a new Marilyn Manson record." - Jordan Campbell

"At Marilyn Manson's concert tonight @ Terminal 5 & was shocked 2 hear him dedicate "Sweet Dreams" 2 his friend of 20 years, Michael Alig!"" - Michael Alig

Marilyn Manson released his ninth album, The Pale Emperor, this year which some are calling a comeback. He's on tour in support of it now, and hit NYC last night (1/29) at Terminal 5, which was rescheduled from January 26 due to Winter Storm Juno. Did you catch the show? Do you agree that he's once again risen to relevance? Was he ever relevant to begin with?

Opening the show was Unlocking the Truth, the very young Brooklyn metal band with a $1.8 million deal with Sony and an upcoming Bonnaroo appearance. Pictures of the night are in this post.

Marilyn was also supposed to play Long Island's Paramount Theatre on 1/27 but due to the weather, that show was 100% cancelled and won't be rescheduled. Refunds are available.

More pictures from T5 below...

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Death Cab for Cutie performs Black Sun on Letterman watch
Jan 30, 2015 8:17am | Cosequence Of Sound

The new look Death Cab for Cutie made their TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night. Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr, along with new members Dave Depper and Zac Rae, previewed their forthcoming album Kintsugi by performing the lead single “Black Sun”. Watch the replay at CBS’ website (the band’s performance begins at the 38:00 mark).

For his part, Letterman seemed more interested in whether the Washington-based band had ever climbed Mount Rainier.

Death Cab will release Kintsugi on March 31st via Atlantic Records. In addition to “Black Sun”, the band has offered live performances of album tracks “No Room in Frame” and “The Ghost of Beverly Drive”.

In support of the release, the band recently announced an extensive North American tour. Consequence of Sound contributor Dan Bogosian caught their gig in Brooklyn this week and says they successfully demonstrated the ability to survive guitarist Chris Walla’s departure.

Frank Ocean And André 3000 Will Appear On Chance The Rappers Debut Album
Jan 30, 2015 8:05am | StereoGum

Since the release of his breakout 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper has become something of a low-key star, and he’s also become a conundrum, an artist who doesn’t seem especially interested in pushing his career to new heights. Since Acid Rap, he’s busied himself throwing shards of new songs onto the internet without much sense of cohesion, and right now he’s working on Surf, the debut full-length from his backing band Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. According to a new GQ profile, though, Chance does have an official debut album in the works, and it’s set to feature two of his fellow conundrums, Frank Ocean and André 3000. Those guys, along with J. Cole, are reportedly expected to appear on the “yet to be named” album. These guys don’t make songs with just anyone, so that’s quite a vote of confidence for Chance. If it ever comes out then, we should get to hear some fascinating jams. (There’s also a new FADER profile on Chance that says practically nothing about this mysterious debut album, but you should probably read that one, too.)

Absolutely Free performs a live soundtrack to Norman McLarens Synchromy
Jan 30, 2015 8:00am | Chart Attack

Norman McLaren's astounding animated films for the National Film Board of Canada were undeniably influential in the world of cinema, both in Canada and internationally, but they were just as inspiring to artists in other media, most notably music.

Absolutely Free were acutely influenced by the "transcendental, experimental" filmmaker. Last year was the centenary of McLaren, and so this past September the Toronto International Film Festival commissioned a special multimedia live film/music event called Re-sounding The Films of Norman McLaren. The Toronto psychedelic three-piece composed original soundtracks to seven of the Socttish/Canadian artist's films, including 1971's intensely geometric, visually musical Synchromy, and played them live on King Street against projections of the original films.

We were there with cameras in hand to record the performance, which combines McLaren's original graphical sound score (intensely synchronized by moving the piano rhythms of the soundtrack, in multicolour, onto the picture area of the screen), with Absolutely Free's propulsive "Vision's." Synchromy's colourful, rectangular imagery overlays and interacts with the band's performance, dancing alongside the rhythms of the instrumentals, mirroring McLaren's own mesmerizing synesthesic technique (the transposing of one sensory experience into another).

"McLaren was so go...

Katy Perry Will Do Work It With Missy Elliott At The Super Bowl
Jan 30, 2015 7:59am | StereoGum

While Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime performance probably won’t contain a Taylor Swift diss track, the Associated Press reports that it will have a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott, who will be there to do her perennial hit “Work It.” Perry teased her participation in a press conference on Thursday, saying that the show would include an “old school” female singer, and added, “When you hear the first ring of the chord, I think jaws will drop and faces will melt.” Sounds very much like “Work It” to me! The two previously collaborated on a remix of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”


Emmy The Great - Oslo, London 27/01/15
Jan 30, 2015 7:59am | The Line Of Best Fit
The diverse array of sonic expressions Emma Lee Moss hints at tonight has our hopes set high for album three.>

Sleaford Mods - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 27/01/15
Jan 30, 2015 7:52am | The Line Of Best Fit
Nottingham's own acclaimed and fiery duo return to a full-capacity crowd at Rescue Rooms as part of a string of UK shows.>

Jay Z Is Buying A Scandinavian Streaming Music Service
Jan 30, 2015 7:39am | StereoGum

Now that every last tech giant is jumping into the music-streaming-service game and paying artists fractions of pennies on the dollar, maybe it makes sense for already-rich artists to try buying their own damn streaming services. And now Endgadget reports that Project Panther, a company owned by Jay Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid on the company behind the Scandinavian streaming service Tidal. The company’s reviewing board is already recommending that shareholders take Jay up on his offer, which is worth about $56 million.


Kanye West and Drake appear on Big Seans Blessings listen
Jan 30, 2015 7:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

The perks of being signed to Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music label are once again realized by Big Sean, as his latest single, “Blessings”, features a verse from Yeezus himself in addition to Drake. The track was co-produced by frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da. Listen below.

Despite hitting the studio together last year, “Blessings” is only the second time Kanye and Drake have appeared on the same track: They first teamed up for the 2009 posse track “Together”, which also featured Eminem and Lil Wayne.

“Blessings” appears on Big Sean’s new studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, which arrives February 24th.

2:54 Now (Paramore Cover)
Jan 30, 2015 7:27am | StereoGum

2:54 have covered Paramore’s 2013 single “Now” for Rookie. The British sister duo turn the track into a wispy, gloomy slow-building ballad. “Paramore’s song just sums up dedication for us. It’s about hope and determination. It’s about believing in something and fighting for it, and being in a band is a belief system in itself. It’s an empowering song,” Colette Thurlow explained. “Hayley Williams is such a superb singer. We saw Paramore last year at Reading Festival. Their set was was disrupted by some technical problems, but Hayley Williams was just so pro, she held it down so well.” Listen and compare it with the original below.


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